The Residence Permit in Saudi Arabia is known as Iqama or Muqeem. Iqama is required to renew every year online. Iqama renewal requires certain payments (Work permit fees, MOI Iqama renewal fees, and health insurance payments). If an expatriate is having family members in his sponsorship, he must have paid the dependent levy to get renewed the Iqama.

According to earlier official statements, the following are the expected Iqama Renewal fees for 2020.

House drivers (Saiq Khas), home-makers and other domestic workers are exempt from work permit fees (Maktab Amal Fees).

Small establishments with five or fewer employees are also exempt from work permit fees (if the owner of the firm registered himself as a worker).

Expatriates working in the industrial sector (Factory workers) will also be exempt from the work permit levy for the next five years.

All other categories will have to pay the following fees.

IQAMA FEES FOR 2020 (1441)

If your company’s or establishments 50 percent or more employees are Saudi Nationals, Iqama Fees will be as follows,

Work Permit Fees (SR 700 / Month) 8,400.00
MOI Iqama Fees
Health Insurance (Average)

If more than 50 percent of the workforce are expatriates then the Iqama fees will be,

Maktab Amal Fees (SR 800 / Month) 9,600.00
MOI Iqama Fees
Health Insurance (Average)

Note:- The above figures are estimates and the actual may vary. Work permit fee calculation is on the basis of Iqama renewal from January 01 to December 31st.

Expat Dependent Levy

All expat residents in Saudi Arabia who are sponsoring dependents will have to pay a monthly fee of SR 300 (Currently) per dependent and this fee is likely to increase to SR 400 upon July 2020.

In 2020 an expatriate living with a child and wife will have to pay around SR 9600 for the dependent levy itself.

Iqama Expiry Penalty

If your Iqama expires, there will be a penalty of SR 500 for the first time and SR 1000 for the second time on failing to renew the Iqama.

Iqama Renewal is the Employer’s Responsibility

The employer is responsible for renewing his workers Iqama. As per Article 40 (1) of the Saudi Labor Law, it is the responsibility of the employer to pay for the iqama renewal and iqama issuance fee. As per Article 144 of the Saudi Labor Law, it is the responsibility of the employer to provide health care and insurance to each employee.

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Farooq Ahmed

If aqama fee 40000 thousands its not the business of sponsor, because this time every employ paying it self & law is only to show


I am working in a government hospital for 5 years now. Since the beginning, We have been paying for our iqama renewal. After paying , we need to submit some requirements like payment receipt of iqama to the HR and after few months or a year after it will be refunded. So if we fail to submit the requirements after paying, of course, we cannot get our money back. The thing is, it became our responsibility to pay our own iqama in due time while it should be our employer’s responsibility.



I have been working in a company since 2 years.I have transferable Iqama.after my contract i would like to join another company. If my company is not allowing me to go, what can i do..?? Could anybody can explain the solution please??

vilma Dolorican

What about companies that employees are the one paying for their iqama like my sponsor King Abdulaziz University Hospital, do we have the chance to take back the money we pay for our iqama? Why this is allowed though it was not stated in our contact that we are paying for iqama

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